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November 8, 2011
MEDIA ADVISORY: DOE Open House to Focus on Programmatic Successes Achieved Under ARRA Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office will hold an open house on Monday, Nov. 14 to highlight the cleanup and energy accomplishments made with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.

November 4, 2011
DOE Awards Contract for Moab Mill Tailings Cleanup

Cincinnati– The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has awarded a competitive small business contract worth $121.2 million over the next five years as part of the
Department’s continued efforts to protect the Colorado River and downstream water users by removing uranium tailings at the former Atlas uranium-ore processing facility in Moab, Utah.
Portage, Inc., a small business based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, will be leading the new contract.

October 24, 2011
10,000th Shipment Celebrated at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M., October 24, 2011 – Approximately 130 people gathered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on October 22, to celebrate the 10,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste to WIPP, which arrived safely late last month.

October 13, 2011
DOE Media Advisory - DOE extends public comment period on Draft Environmental Assessment for Replacement Capability for Disposal of Remote-Handled Low-Level Radioactive Waste Generated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Site

In response to requests from people interested in National Environmental Policy Act activities occurring at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office, the department has extended the public comment period that began September 1 on the Draft Environmental Assessment for Replacement Capability for Disposal of Remote-Handled Low-Level Radioactive Waste Generated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Site.

October 7, 2011
Agencies Decide to Dig Up Contaminated Soil at Hanford Site - Federal and state agencies determine cleanup plans for four areas near central Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. –The Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with the Washington Department of Ecology, have made plans for remediating contaminated soil at four locations in the center of the Hanford Site.

October 6, 2011
DOE Achieves Second TRU Waste Cleanup

CARLSBAD, N.M. –The U.S. Department of Energy has successfully removed all legacy contact-handled transuranic (TRU) waste from the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), near Chicago, Illinois. In September, all legacy TRU waste was removed from the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (BAPL), near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

September 30, 2011
Department of Energy Completes Demolition of K-33 Building - Largest Completed Demo Project in Oak Ridge History

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Environmental Management (EM) program recently completed its largest demolition project to date. The removal of K-33, a former gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment facility spanning 32-acres, was completed several months ahead of schedule. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded the $51 million project.

September 29, 2011
Department of Energy Extends Public Comment Period

In response to public comments and requests, the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office is extending the public comment period for the Draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and Off-Site Locations in Nevada. The formal comment period will close on December 2, 2011, rather than October 27.

September 29, 2011
SRS Commemorates P & R Reactor Area Completions - SRS Closes the Door on Past Cold War Operations and Opens the Door for Future Missions through Enterprise SRS

AIKEN, S.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River celebrated the cleanup and closure of the P and R Reactor Areas under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program at the Savannah River Site and announced the vision for future missions at the site.

September 28, 2011
The Department of Energy Announces Major Cold War Legacy Waste Cleanup Milestone

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Receives 10,000th Shipment